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Stroke Center of Excellence at Community Hospital
The Stroke team at Community Hospital works
to develop a specialized plan of care for each patient
from admission through recovery and post discharge.
At Community Hospital, our specialized Stroke team works together to diagnose and develop a plan of care to help patients who suffer strokes and those at risk, live longer, fuller lives. This team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, clinical nurse specialists, registered nurses, therapy and rehabilitation professionals gets involved with the patient and their family from their first point of contact, often in the Emergency Department.
Community Hospital has
earned The Joint Commission's
Gold Seal of Approval™.
In March, 2010, the Stroke Center of Excellence at Community Hospital earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. This recognition is presented to stroke programs that follow stringent national standards and guidelines that significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients, according to The Joint Commission. Community Hospital's nationally recognized neurosciences program also earned 5-star ratings four years in a row, 2009-12, from Healthgrades® for the Treatment of Stroke. In 2002, Community Hospital was one of the first hospitals in the country to perform carotid stent placement that involves expanding a tiny wire mesh tube called a stent inside the neck's artery to keep it open, therefore reducing the patient's chance of stroke. Because the carotid artery feeds blood to the brain, blockages in it can cause a lack of sufficient blood supply to the brain, resulting in a stroke.
Today, Community Hospital remains at the forefront of cardiovascular disease treatment, stroke care, and prevention. Our Stroke Program's state-of-the-art acute stroke management focuses on prevention of future strokes with a combination of medications and changes in lifestyle. By decreasing the risks for this debilitating condition, we can help improve quality of life.
When it comes to a stroke, every second counts. A stroke takes place as the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or severely limited, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. Early treatment can make a big difference helping to limit damage to the brain and the potential for stroke complications. With access to some of the most advanced diagnostic technologies, including a state-of-the-art 64-slice CT located within the Emergency Department, our stroke team works together to diagnose a stroke and begin treatments as quickly as possible.
Our stroke patients benefit from individualized care that aims to optimize recovery and maximize independence. Members of the Stroke team meet on a regular basis to review care guidelines and treatment regimens and analyze quality measures. The Stroke team is facilitated by dedicated Stroke Program Coordinator Jennifer Ewing, a Neuroscience Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Community Hospital's Neuroscience Intensive and Intermediate Care units, as well as the Rehabilitation Center provide specialized care to help stroke patients to recover with fewer complications and with less time in the hospital. An important part of stroke care at Community Hospital, is the assessment each patient is provided to determine their continuing care needs after leaving the hospital. Supported by the expertise of our Rehabilitation Center, a free support group, and stroke prevention education programs offer additional resources to patients and their families.